Paint in the style of an olD Master

Chan­nels John Singer Sar­gent’s dis­tinc­tive por­trait work and paints Cer­sei and the dead king from Game of Thrones

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or this work­shop I’ll be at­tempt­ing to sim­u­late a paint­ing by John Singer Sar­gent in Pho­to­shop, us­ing noth­ing more than the Round brush and a few handy tools.

I’ve stud­ied Sar­gent since col­lege and con­tinue to be sur­prised by his feats as a master pain­ter. While teach­ings from him are few and far be­tween, the best way to learn from a dead artist is to see the work in per­son. It takes one good trip to a

fmu­seum to un­der­stand the mas­sive scale of Sar­gent’s ca­reer. When we look at an im­age through the in­ter­net we won­der, how have the pain­ters cre­ated such tight and re­al­is­tic works of art? The an­swer usu­ally lies in the size of the orig­i­nal paint­ing and in Sar­gent’s case, these por­traits were mas­sive! When view­ing an orig­i­nal Sar­gent up close you’ll no­tice the ges­ture, the energy and oily gloop re­quired to fill a life-sized por­trait. As a large-scale oil pain­ter my­self, I prep my Pho­to­shop files to be as large as a fine art can­vas. This way I can print the work to be close to life-sized. It also helps to keep me in the mind­set of the Old Mas­ters.

I, like they, want my work to be grandiose. My only wish for this paint­ing is that Lady Cer­sei and King Jof­frey were to have sat for their por­trait. The model is the life and soul of Sar­gent’s paint­ings: you can al­most feel them breathe. Let’s see what we can do with a photo shoot, and some of our imag­i­na­tion.

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